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Neafus rolls at 146th annual county fair races

Neafus rolls at 146th annual county fair races
Neafus rolls at 146th annual county fair races
Ndana Whosier and driver Michael Neafus, who own the trotting record at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, won by almost eight lengths in the final race on Thursday afternoon. In the background are Cajue PJ (center) and The Stunner. Neafus was the top driver at the 146th annual Harrison County Fair races. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

With three wins on Thursday and two more on Friday, Michael Neafus of Corydon was easily the top driver at the 146th annual Harrison County Fair harness races last week.
‘I just had some good rides and some good races,’ Neafus said. ‘It was just a pretty good week for me.’
His meet began with a fourth-place effort behind pacer Hoosier Flash in the opening battle. But from there, he won every other race in which he was entered on Opening Day.
In the second race, filly pacer Hoosier Envy picked up her third win in eight starts as a two-year-old, crossing the line in 2:04 1/5. She’s owned and trained by Glenn D. Sniff.
Marcia’s Pet, a three-year-old trotting filly that’s owned and trained by Wayne Cunningham, Jr. of Corydon, won her second race in a time of 2:08 with Neafus in the bike.
Finally, in the sixth and last race, trotting track record holder Ndana Whosier won with the fastest mile of the day ‘ as well as the meet ‘ in 1:59 flat.
The seven-year-old gelding, which is owned by Kenneth Gehlbach of New Middletown and was trained and driven by Neafus, picked up his third win of 2005 to go along with a pair of seconds and one third.
In the fourth race on Friday, Neafus paced Ndana Dandy to winner’s circle, leading from gate to wire in 2:04 4/5 for owner-trainer Jim Beanblossom of Laconia.
It was the three-year-old colt’s maiden victory in five starts and proved to be the fastest mile of the day.
To add an exclamation point, Neafus won the final event of the meet, a free-for-all trot, by driving Nan’s Crown.
The four-year-old mare, owned and trained by Sniff, clocked in with a time of 2:06 2/5 for her first win in five starts this year.
Finishing second in the driver standings was Carrie Hollman of Milan. While she fell short in that area, she was able to nail down top trainer honors thanks to a pair of wins and runner-ups during the two-day meet.
Rounding out the rest of the meet: Thursday ‘ Martz Creek Danty, a two-year-old pacer owned by Ryan Hallam and Brandi Melloy and trained by Patrick Melloy Jr., won in 2:02 4/5; her fourth in eight starts. Danty has yet to finish out of the money in 2005, with four wins, three seconds a third.
Punchas Fancy was second, followed by Hoosier Flash.
In the second race on Thursday, Golden Sign was second and You Win My Dream came home third.
Trotter Reliable Branson, a three-year-old gelding, won his first in eight starts in 2:11, followed by Mr. Saint Pat-Ric in second and Cooper Spur in third.
No standardbred on either day was as hot as the winner of the fourth race on Thursday.
Ripken’s Britt, driven by Mike Hollenback, won her fifth straight trotting race in a new record of 2:05 1/5 for the Beeman Stables. Her last setback came on July 16.
Still, Britt owns eight victories in 20 starts this year.
B Foley got up for second while Code of Ethics was third.
After Marcia’s Pet in the fifth, Quix placed second and CW Beth’s Secret showed for third.
In the sixth on Thursday, The Stunner, a five-year-old mare that is owned, trained and driven by Joseph Shoaf of Corydon, was runner-up to Ndana Whosier. Cajue PJ was third in the race.
Friday ‘ Trotter Wigwam Baby, a two-year-old filly, set a new lifetime record of 2:17 with a win in the opening bout. She was followed by Bet On Lacie and Delphis Julie, in that order.
One of Hollman had back-to-back wins as a driver in the second and third races.
Miss Trotra, a two-year-old filly, picked up her first lifetime win in 2:15 1/5 for the owner-trainer-driver.
B Witching Sweety had a second-place effort and was followed by B Js Rose in third place.
Hollman was also the owner-trainer-driver of the winner of the third race, trotter Yobro Tyson, a two-year-old gelding. It was his 10th start and fourth win of the season. That goes along with three seconds and a pair of thirds for the standardbred.
Chief Oracle was second and Pastel’s Sunset earned third place.
In the fourth race, Bromlet was second and Under Act came in third.
The fifth race sported some of the meet’s quickest horses, however the heat took its toll on the competitors and the time wasn’t quite as good as was anticipated.
Still, Brandodge won his seventh race in 13 starts for driver Jimmy Whisman and owner-trainer Gene Hereford of Madison. The colt won in 2:05 1/5, which was almost 10 seconds slower than his best effort of 2:05 7/8.
Zipadeli, which is owned, trained and was driven by David Beanblossom of Laconia, was second, three lengths back. He was followed by Nuclear Beauty in third.
Trotter Virgnes Burley Man led from gate to wire and won in 2:10 1/5.
Delphi’s Image was second and Delphi’s Marla was third in her first county fair start.
Awesome American wasn’t quite awesome enough in the final event on Friday, placing second to Neafus and Nan’s Crown.
Delphi’s Star was third.
In other harness racing last week across the region:
Trotter Lynn Pine was second at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville for David Brunck of New Albany, trainer Danita McCarty and driver Tom Luther of Corydon.
Trotter Burn My Eyes was second for Don and Charlie M. Conrad of Corydon, with Charlie M. Conrad handling the reigns.
Big Boy Josh got his first win of this year by a margin of 15 1/2 lengths for Charles E. Conrad of Corydon and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
Also, People Of The Sun finished third for Fred Schroeder of Evansville and Don Conrad, and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
At The Red Mile in Lexington (Ky.), Buff The Stuff was third for Barbara Bottoms of Frankfort (Ky.), trainer Charlie M. Conrad and driver Rocky Loney.
I Am A Bunny hopped home second for Schroeder and Don Conrad, trainer Charlie M. Conrad and driver Loney.